Who Put the Public in the Boston Public Market?
Abstract: Interest in locally grown food has grown across the country, which can be seen in the growth of farmers markets and building or revitalization of public markets. These spaces are complex with multiple public interests, a redefining public space, and the ideas around civic agriculture. This thesis, with the Boston Public Market as a case study, analyzes the market using content and discou... read morerse analysis to see how the market confront the inherent tensions of being a space with multiple public uses and interests. The building of the BPM was never a foregone conclusion and requires leadership, collaboration, and clarity in its purpose as a market selling 100% locally sourced and produces products. Collaboration between public, private and nonprofit sectors are necessary to build spaces like the BPM. But most importantly interventions are needed if these, spaces are going to be accessible to all income levels.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Julian Agyeman.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keywords: Public policy, and Area planning & development.read less